Washington Jamb Band – 1977 – Gonna Get Your Cherry

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Research and review by Groovegirl

Rip & posting by Nikos

There is only one way a music lover can start to criticize a record she will never have in hand other than some kind of fine vinyl rip that came to her one ordinary day from a tera-gnostic god (thanks Nikos). For starters, we are talking about a cherry-ripe record issued on legendary labels round about the mid 70s in Florida.Trying to cope with the obscure old music story that hides behind the scratches and scenes of mystic grooves inside the waveform of vinyl history I state that we will never have ever acoustically shaken hands with the performer(s) stated due to such rarity of the album if it wasn’t for a re-issue during 2007. A Japanese limited edition of the album classic in a deluxe, miniaturized LP sleeve replica of the original vinyl album artwork on CD for the first time from P-VINE label. So here is an overview. Washington Jamb band is a hell of a name. Stating the one and only thing that is eargasmic. ”Jam(b)ming”.

Tracks
A1
Can’t Hide The Funk 3:35
A2
Gonna Get Your Cherry 4:10
A3
Midnight Stroker 3:30
A4
Chazz Jazz 2:30
A5
Instrument Soul 3:30
A6
In The Clouds 2:35
B1
Bolo 4:10
B2
Living In Style 3:15
B3
The Funky Get Down 4:05
B4
Who Want To Fall In Love 3:45
B5
People 3:00

Washington Jamb Band – 1977 – Gonna Get Your Cherry Back

A little about the discography history. During 1976 we have debut singles” Bicentenial Muscle and Sorry About Today/You have made a big mistake”. A year ahead comes the take out of the first LP full album “Gonna Get Your Cherry” . In 1978 we have a 7inch” “Your love is wrecking my mind/I just Want to Bolo” and in 1979 comes single “Shake Time Nursery Rhyme/Who’s going to Take care of me” .Throughout the last two records Virgie Williams comes to stick in with the Jamb. The producer is always the arranger Leo Washington on Leo Label. 1983 is the last time we hear from them with a 12inch disco blast track “Mini Skirt”, distributed on Mild Mannered Records.

A convincing diligent research lead us to discover a fantastic band recipe ,some cooking  soundscapes and a hype stated disco funk fusion style all mixed smoothly to finally crash down hard for just 38:40” minutes. Each time I started to spin the tunes, I came forward with a new esthetic approach .Missing some parts and always finding new creativity down the way. I say to travel while enjoying the musical trip. The vibes were clear from the beginning and not only come around the surfaced sexual intension of “popping the cherry” as photographed out front of the album artwork. We are in for some sexy romance. Erotic grooves, creamy orchestration and some high hopes for life in general.

Washington Jamb Band – 1977 – Gonna Get Your Cherry label1

The first and only full album “Gonna get your Cherry” deserves its attention. This rare record delight serves 11 killer tracks full of whipped cream and social at least sexual fundamentalism of fresh soulful rhythm. A delicious juicy background of extensive popping disco funk to tear up the dance floor with nasty rhythm guitars, twingling sax, aerial vocals and a bubbly bass lines. All heavenly riches combined together in a soda cream popper. There is no boredom no fear of laziness hazing around the grooves.

For starters, first track “Can’t hide the funk” is a groove monster urging the feet to uplift from anywhere a bout’s on this mother earth. It’s like an answer to Messengers Incorporated “soulful proclamation”[if you’ve got soul then your superbad]. On second main course “Gonna get your cherry” is just sea, sex and sun, with all sorts of luxurious noted cherry cocktails in hand. There is no poverty on escapism here. You just feel the hot tempo souring off shore and onto lava soul land “Midnight stroker” opens with a ludicrous tingling guitar groove that makes the mind go dynamite. “Chazz Jazz” is a favorite psychedelic funked up harmony screaming discipline on rhythm and an orchestral bassed out manouvre to hell and heaven and back through infinity of pure emotion. Same groove saxed styles continue with horns on “Instrumental soul”. “In the clouds” is the idealistic dreamy drifter of soul exploration. It could go and travel face to face with a million miles away track from Gabor Szabo-“desiring you”. Finally, my favored out electrified “people” manifesto could be a stabbing hymn for old school lessons. It declares: “People will be a little more than u wanna see/people will always feel a little more than what’s for real/Just be a little brighter, put your feet on the ground , don’t go no higher/if you wanna wear the crown”. Τhis isn’t something with limited appeal even if it had limited lyrical impact back then I suppose in the whereabouts of the band’s hometown.

Overall the style and moves, my cherry popped full of pleasure. Catchy title, naughty impressions, lustful melodia. I enjoyed the album. I’ve highlited half of the tracks as favorites on repeat. Exploration is never enough.

Very rare to be found,  an LP for 392 $ on ebay and a CD for 58$ on CD & LP

Welcome Groovegirl to FMS family, who spent more than a month for reserch on this rare group and thank you for a review from the heart.

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30 Comments
  • jahcisco
    Posted at 12:46h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    Thanks, much appreciated.

  • Grey
    Posted at 15:03h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    Superb rare find.

  • zobba
    Posted at 16:46h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    thanks, nice post

  • Greg
    Posted at 18:31h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    thank you guys so fucking much for your dedication.
    much appreciated.

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 19:32h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    amazing !!!! I have so much respect for what you guys are doing !!!

  • arcm
    Posted at 20:32h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    Very very nice thanks Nikos and Groovegirl 🙂

  • Matt
    Posted at 21:07h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    That dude was my Chemistry teacher in 1984-1985. I have (somewhere) a 7″ and a 12″ EP of some his other stuff. One year he gave everyone in the class a 7″ signed copy of “Football Jack” a funky rap about a quarterback that couldn’t lose.

  • Terry
    Posted at 22:03h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    Never seen it before. A real surprise.

  • rich
    Posted at 22:17h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    thanx nikos

  • Spaceboy
    Posted at 12:04h, 25 February 2012 Reply

    Yup… I’m definitely funkin this one up tonight!!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 14:54h, 25 February 2012 Reply

    Can’t wait to give it a listen. Thanks.

  • Jason - Adam
    Posted at 11:37h, 26 February 2012 Reply

    Love this funky groove old school. Great post.

  • Mario
    Posted at 12:49h, 26 February 2012 Reply

    AAGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!! so GODDAMN funky..

  • Simon666
    Posted at 13:00h, 26 February 2012 Reply

    Thanks Nikos and Groovegirl!

  • Ray
    Posted at 12:07h, 27 February 2012 Reply

    Funk is the Truth. Excellent LP.

  • George
    Posted at 15:11h, 27 February 2012 Reply

    Truly Amazed!! As always thanks for the Great Post.

  • Donovan
    Posted at 09:39h, 28 February 2012 Reply

    Oh my goodness!!! Love this jam.

  • Sik
    Posted at 12:25h, 28 February 2012 Reply

    Your outstanding reviews always whet my apetite.
    Kudos and keep it up guys

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 17:01h, 28 February 2012 Reply

    what a debut!! thx groovegirl for brilliant work.
    Nikos – I get down on my knees always I visit your blog!
    There´s no one better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ernest
    Posted at 09:58h, 29 February 2012 Reply

    Oh hell yes! Thanks for posting.

  • Noel
    Posted at 23:46h, 29 February 2012 Reply

    Just perfect.

  • Neil
    Posted at 09:43h, 01 March 2012 Reply

    Thanks again for some wonderful Music……..great taste as per usual !!

  • Ted
    Posted at 20:40h, 01 March 2012 Reply

    I’m glad I’ve found this one.

  • Mick
    Posted at 12:30h, 02 March 2012 Reply

    A treasure. Well done guys. Love this blog.

  • Redddox
    Posted at 19:37h, 02 March 2012 Reply

    Great Find and nice review …thanks! keep up the amazing work.

  • Jules
    Posted at 12:36h, 04 March 2012 Reply

    what a wonderful peace of music…thanks for upload…

  • Efor
    Posted at 23:07h, 19 March 2012 Reply

    Guilty pleasure.

  • Alfonso
    Posted at 11:35h, 21 March 2012 Reply

    Gotta grab this after that wonderful write-up.

  • pedro
    Posted at 07:47h, 26 April 2015 Reply

    sounds interesting this one, could term this as mild funk but ehh i like it

  • Faab
    Posted at 10:59h, 05 June 2015 Reply

    Wov, thank you for the extreme research.What a good work.I Appreciate

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